upadhEsa raththina mAlai – Simple Explanation – pAsuram 50

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upadhEsa raththina mAlai

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pAsuram 50

Fiftieth pAsuram. After thus explaining the greatness of Idu commentary, mAmunigaL, deciding to narrate the greatness of SrIvachana bhUshaNam, which is the real meaning of thiruvAimozhi, initially explains how nampiLLai got the distinguished divine name of lOkAchAriyar. Since piLLai lOkAchAriyAr had the divine name of lOkAchAriyar which was the distinguished name of nampiLLai, he explains that narration. In this pAsuram, he tells his heart to celebrate a few individuals who were held in high esteem, and whose names had the prefix nam.

namperumAL nammAzhwAr nanjIyar nampiLLai
enbar avaravar tham ERRaththAl – anbudaiyOr
sAththu thiru nAmangaL thAn enRu nannenjE
Eththadhanaich chollu nI inRu

Oh heart! namperumAL, nammAzhwAr, nanjIyar and nampiLLai were referred to with distinguished respect. The reason for this is because of the distinction that they had. You too recite these divine names and celebrate them.

After azhagiya maNavALapperumAL (SrIranganAtha, the uthsava vigraha at SrIrangam) left SrIrangam for a long time and returned, a thirumanjanam (divine bath) was carried out for this divine vigraha. An old SrIvaishNava washerman, who consumed the divine water of thirumanjanam from the wet vestment of namperumAL, said affectionately “He is namperumAL” (he is our perumAL); thus the name namperumAL became firmly established for SrIranganAtha. Since namperumAL himself referred to nammAzhwAr as nam AzhwAr and nam satakOpan (our AzhwAr or our SatakOpan), the name nammAzhwAr became established. After renouncing thirunArAyaNapuram and accepting SrIrangam, when vEdhANthi reached SrIrangam, bhattar affectionately invited him saying “vArum nam sIyarE” (Welcome, our jIyar!); thus he came to be called as nanjIyar. When nambUr varadhar very beautifully made out the manuscript copy of onbadhinAyirappadi which was mercifully composed by nanjIyar, he was affectionately called as nam piLLai (our dear child) by nanjIyar; thus the name nampiLLai got established for him.

adiyEn krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan

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